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10-23-2013, 03:39 PM
I went to look at a mill and a lathe today. I am not familiar with either brand. Does anyone have these machines or know anything about them. The manual mills and lathes we have at work are South Bend and Monarch.

The Mill is a KENT KTM 380

The lathe is a SIGMA TNP 200A


Dr Stan
10-23-2013, 05:49 PM
Here's a thread that discusses Kent http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/46415-ACER-or-KENT/page2

The Sigma is from India, but other than that I couldn't find anything on the Web.

10-23-2013, 06:33 PM
Actually, several machine makers have used the 'Sigma' label for imported machines over the years, including TOS/Zbrojovka. Without pictures, I doubt we can identify that one.


10-23-2013, 07:24 PM
Working for TATA was usefull then!
I have seen one, not intamately, just a glance, but it looked nice

10-23-2013, 07:31 PM
I have no experience with either brand but I do with some stuff from India. My advice there is be very careful.

10-23-2013, 07:47 PM
I have a Kent surface grinder that I really like and a friend has a Kent lathe that he likes. Both are good equipment. I needed a couple of parts for the surface grinder, called Kent. They were pleasant and prompt with delivery.

Bob Fisher
10-23-2013, 08:14 PM
I have had mixed results from stuff from India, some quite good and some awful. If you can't return it or see it first I would be reluctant. Bob.

10-23-2013, 08:42 PM


Sorry but these are the best pictures I have. maybe these will help....I should probably mention I am able to get these machines for scrap price. They are both under power and functional. They just need a little T.L.C. from sitting for a few years.

10-23-2013, 09:20 PM
I bought an Enterprise India made lathe 16x40 and was very impressed. This thing is a beast. You can only lose you time if you buy at scrap price.

Dr Stan
10-23-2013, 11:54 PM
I bought an Enterprise India made lathe 16x40 and was very impressed. This thing is a beast. You can only lose you time if you buy at scrap price.

I agree with Fylo, just don't let him know the location of the machines as he has the worst case of OIS (Old Iron Syndrome) outside of mine that I've ever seen. :)

10-24-2013, 01:21 AM
I also have a Kent surface grinder, a 1981 KGS-200 6x14 and I like it a lot too. When I bought it the cable drive for the reciprocation movement of the table was binding up, so I bought a lew one from Kent in California and they were indeed easy to deal with as Toolguy mentioned. Fair prices on the parts.

In the photo below you see a red guard on the table to keep the coolant from spraying around. That was made for me by my next door neighbor. The coolant/dust collector unit on the left of it is an original equipment one which I bought new a little over a year ago from SupraTool of California, picked up at a warehouse they own in NJ. They are the importer/distributor for Acer machines in the US, and I believe their machines may be made by the same factory in Taiwan that Kent and Chevalier uses. Many interchangeable parts between the brands.